My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Moving Pictures is the eighth album by Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded during the fall of 1980 and released in February 0f 1981.
What I think: I liked Rush’s album 2112 when I listened to it for this project and I REALLY like this album. The drumming of Pert along with the bass of Lee make a stellar rhythm section throughout. The guitar riffs are really inspired and the synth sound really makes it an album of 1981. I really like the shorter more focused nature of a majority of the songs and I think the first half of the album shines best because of them.
That being said there are a still a few things that bother me. First, I can never completely turn myself over to Lee’s vocals. They are the weak spot for me, although I do really like the lyrics that Peart writes for him. The second detraction for me is how they always have to have a complicated instrumental section in each song. Something like “Limelight” for example, could be just fine as a rock song but they have to wedge a Prog moment in. It really does take away from the songs sometimes.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a perfect sound of the time, hard rock mixed with synth that would be out of place anywhere else.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (385/504)
Amount that are new to me: 76%